the National Writing Project supports the great work you do.
The National Writing Project (NWP) is the premier effort to improve writing in America. Through its professional development model, NWP builds leadership, programs, and research needed for teachers to help their students become successful writers and learners.
Every student deserves a highly skilled teacher of writing. To that end, each of the NWP sites conducts and annual summer institute attended by the most experienced teachers in the area. Together, these teachers prepare for leadership roles by demonstrating their most effective practices, studying research, and improving their knowledge of writing by writing themselves.
After the institute, writing project teachers conduct project-sponsored programs in their own schools and in neighboring schools and districts. They attend to two purposes: developing teacher knowledge and leadership in their home communities and putting this knowledge and leadership to work to improve student achievement.
This model of summer and school year programs, designed and supported by the National Writing Project, is validated by NWP research. Studies of student achievement, both local and national, show positive results. Importantly, NWP sponsors research directed by local sites as well as research targeted at key educational concerns, for example, how to support new teachers or how to support teachers, grades 4 – 12, in their efforts to improve students’ reading and writing for academic purposes.
How do National Writing Project sites support teachers like you?
- Local writing project sites offer workshops, study groups, retreats, and other gatherings where teachers can learn classroom-tested approaches to teaching writing.
- Writing project sites provide a professional community for local teachers to meet with each other in person or online – a community of friends and associates who do what you do every day.
Local sites offer leadership opportunities for teachers throughout their careers.